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Logic Supply Previews Something New – The MC850

Logic Supply, a company that builds industrial systems but has a core of SFF enthusiasts has previewed their new design, the MC850, on our forum. Logic Supply (www.logicsupply.com) is an industrial PC manufacturer specializing in small form factor system development for commercial clients who need computer hardware that will reliably perform in a wide range of challenging environments. Our clients’ key concerns tend to be long lifecycle components, legacy I/O connectivity and a wide range of performance specifications (from low wattage Atom and Celeron CPUs all the way up to i7 and Xeon chips). We focus primarily on fanless system …
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Streacom’s Computex Offerings

Unfortunately we were unable to make it to Streacom’s suite at Computex this year, but never fear, Streacom sent me an overview of the new products they have this year. (how kind of them!) In the press release resided 3 products, however due to our innate thirst for a smaller system, only two of the products are relevant to us. First up – An active cooled variant of Streacom’s DB4, released last year. The DA4 changes things up a bit versus the DB4, meaning that this is more inspired by the DB4 than derived from. Gone is the heatsink aesthetic, replaced by …
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Metal Fish’s Metal Book – a Community Review

This review has been written by forum member IntoxicatedPuma, and reflects their views, not necessarily those of SmallFormFactor.net. Only minor edits for readability have been made.  [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] Since a lot of people don’t have access to cases and computer components inside China – or at least it is difficult to get them – I figured I would start a series to review some of the unique cases and components that are only sold locally. First up from The China Desk: Metal Fish’s Metal Book. [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] Basic Information & Background​ I purchased this on Taobao using the …
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!nverse launches on IndieGoGo

Project !nverse: The Most Versatile Small Computer Case, one of our most active design projects on the forum, has launched on IndieGoGo. Starting at US$149 plus shipping ($129 for an early bird!), the case offers great value for money and would suit many configurations. From one of the creators, Ray Yu: “My venture into the world of custom-designed cases began when I started building in the tiny Minibox M350 case. Being in a long-distance relationship, I needed something small and powerful so I can take my research with me on a 13-hour train ride every weekend. My pragmatic need for a portable …
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A Byte of Gigabyte at CES

Yep, pun intended. Nope, I’m not sorry. Nearing the end of the final day of CES 2017, Drew Duncan, our reporter on the ground at the show, grabbed these snapshots of the Gigabyte booth. [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] RGB LEDs! Also, armoured PCIe and RAM slots. I’m waiting for a full armoured board… I am liking the trend towards IO covers, the stacks of ports can be a little ugly in custom builds. [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] Unfortunately there wasn’t anyone around to give us more information on the Alien-esque Gigabyte PC. [mks_separator …
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MSI’s 200-Series Boards, In Black and White and Red

Written by James Schell and John Morrison. And next in line for this roundup of motherboard announcements is MSI! [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] Z270I GAMING PRO CARBON AC MSI continues the trend this generation of a monochrome color scheme for the board itself to allow the RGB lighting to stand out. It has the armored PCIe and RAM like the other high-end boards for Z270, M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4, M.2 WiFi 802.11ac WiFi card, Intel NIC, and so on. One note though, they advertise the “Lightning” USB 3.1 Type-A and Type-C but this is not Thunderbolt 3, they’re running off an ASMedia …
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ASUS 200-Series Boards Lineup

Alphabetical order! Next up in our motherboard roundup from the 200-Series launch is ASUS’s offering. Let’s see what they have for us! [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] ROG STRIX Z270I Gaming This appears to be the only Mini-ITX offering that ASUS has in the 200-Series launch, but in it’s defence, it is fully featured. The main notable feature is a double-decker heatsink – enabling both your PCH and M.2 SSD to be cooled with a single heatsink! This board also includes the new USB 3.1 front panel connector… exciting times. The board also features Aura Sync RGB LED, 802.11ac WiFi, DDR4 4266 MHz, …
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ASRock 200-series motherboards officially announced

Written by James Schell and John Morrison. Yesterday we saw leaked images of the upcoming Intel 200-series chipset motherboards, but today several manufacturers have officially announced their new line of motherboards. This post will take a look at ASRock’s lineup. [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] Mini-ITX Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming-ITX/ac This is the high-end Fatal1ty ITX board from ASRock for the Z270 chipset. Most of the specs are about what you would expect, Intel Gigabit NIC, 802.11ac wireless, 1x PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2, SATA Express (why?!), and so on. But there is also a HDMI 2.0 port, and, more surprisingly, a Thunderbolt 3 port! [mks_separator …